PilotAware Vector

How is your electronic conspicuity system performing? The following diagram uses data collected by the PilotAware ATOM | GRID network to create a Polar Diagram and Quadrant Matrix showing you the range and projection of your EC device.

Information and tips on how to interpret the data can be found below the graph.

How to use the Diagram.

Step 1;

Enter the HEX-ID (ICAO) of your Aircraft or Electronic Conspicuity device into the field 'ICAO'.

Step 2;

Select the Electronic Conspicuity type in the  'Type' field or select 'All'.
Vector currently analyses PilotAware, FLARM, ADS-B Transponders and CAP1391 devices.

⚠️Mode-S transponder analysis is currently in development.⚠️

Step 3;

Choose the 'Graph' type of interest. We currently offer a Polar Diagram or a Quadrant Matrix.

Step 4;

Tap 'Go'.  The chart will now interrogate ATOM GRID and return a result of the search.

Step 5;

Use the calendar feature '📅' to select and de-select data from individual flying days. This can be used as a way of measuring antenna improvement or degradation over a period of time.

Rotate Phone to landscape to open the PilotAware Vector chart.

Who? What? Why? Where? When? HOw?

6 Excellent Questions!

Who? ;

Everyone is invited to try this out. Electronic conspicuity is for everyone's benefit.

What? ;

This diagram uses data from the ATOM GRID network to produce a polar diagram. The chart can be configured to search for multiple EC systems including PilotAware, FLARM, ADS-B (Transponders) and CAP1391 devices.

Why? ;

Armed with the Polar Diagram and Quadrant Matrix for each installation the aircraft operator or pilot will be able to see the fidelity of their system and take appropriate action to improve the installation. This will generally involve moving the carry on device to a position with a better external line of sight view or adding remote external or internal antennas as required. Please see the PilotAware video which explains airframe obscuration.

Where? ;

For the network to calculate a Polar Diagram and Quadrant Matrix, the EC device must be flown within the coverage of the ATOM GRID network.
It's important to understand that EC radio works line of sight, and that the ATOM station must be able to detect without terrain blocking the signal. The best results can be achieved by flying greater than 2000ft  whilst passing over a group of ATOM stations. This will generate multiple data points from multiple stations generating a better polar diagram.

When? ;

Records are recorded for 30 days, after that they are purged. Please make sure the aircraft being analysed was flown less than 30 days ago. The more flying you do within the ATOM GRID network, the more complete the graphs will be.

How? ;

When flying in range of the ATOM GRID Network, all electronic types of EC signals are detected as vectors. These are PilotAware, Flarm, ADSB and CAP1391 devices. Each individual signal will have an angular direction between the transmitter and the receivers. In addition, the distance transmitted will be calculated from the GPS coordinates received. Signals are transmitted every few seconds. As the aircraft moves forward the angle between the various receiving stations varies constantly. This results in a significant amount of data being recorded for each and every EC device on board. Up to 30 days of data is used by PilotAware VECTOR for each aircraft on a rolling basis.